New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Opioid OverdosesJuly 22, 2018 2:57 pm
One of the biggest news stories in recent years is the public health crisis that is the opioid epidemic. While there has been some legislative movement on solving this problem, the onus has fallen to medical professionals to work to solve the problem. That is why the Connecticut Hospital Association, the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians recently put their support behind a plan that would update a set of voluntary guidelines on prescribing opioids in emergency departments.
The new guidelines suggest that Emergency Departments turn to non-opioid therapies whenever possible. Some Emergency Rooms in Connecticut have already started to implement these new guidelines and are seeing a decrease in dependence and overdose. Hospitals in Norwalk and Middlesex are among the state’s leaders in implementing these new guidelines and the results are stark as the prescription of opioids at these two hospitals has declined dramatically since 2016.
Much more work must be done throughout the state as deaths from the overdose of opioids have nearly tripled over the last six years rising to an astounding 1,038 in 2017.
Here at Stony Creek Urgent Care we believe it is important that you understand what is being prescribed to you and how it may impact your health moving forward. If you have questions of our medical professionals or of those that you see at the ER or your primary care physician, don’t hesitate to ask and if you don’t understand, as for clarification. It is too important to not ask.